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- Eight Imaginative and invocative venues, including 'Jamhalla,' 'Aztec Palace,' and 'Dome Debut' come to life during gameplay and react to how well players perform.
- Take on - drums, lead guitar, bass guitar and a band front man - all with unique motion mechanics using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
- Follow a unique narrative story mode or stand up and jam to any songs and venues they've already unlocked.
- 30+ songs made famous by artists such as The White Stripes, The Who, The Jonas Brothers, Weezer and more.
- Players can customize their bands by creating characters that look just like them, or by selecting from different character genres.
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Rock and roll comes in all shapes, sizes, flavors and colors, but there is one truism. All great bands don't just play their music, they live it. And now you can do the same as you play and perform moves just like a rock star with Ultimate Band for Wii. Ultimate Band puts players on the track to Rock n' Roll stardom by advancing their music careers and popularity from playing in a neighborhood garage to performing in front of an international audience at a world famous venue. But this isn't your typical rhythm game.
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Although there are many ways to play Ultimate Band, one of the most exciting is through its compelling storyline, told via cutscenes. Players begin by choosing the gender of their character, crafting their image with a wide variety of clothing accessories and choosing a band name. Once the other members are added in a similar way, the touring cycle begins that will lift player's bands out of the garage, into the clubs and possibly on to the biggest stages in the world; but the story doesn't end there. Once players have hit the big-time there is the challenge of 'Stage Breaks.' These are special events that only happen when musicians are in their groove and are in context with the theme of each game environment. For example, in 'Jamhalla,' a Viking-themed Rock n' Roll fortress, a dragon punctuates the performance of your song. Just make it through the song, and he just makes an appearance. But rock the house and he blasts flames. Now that Rocks!
Nintendo Wii/DS Connectivity
If you have Ultimate Band for the Nintendo DS you can sit in with players on the Wii version. Simply set your DS to search Wii versions of Ultimate Band in range and you can join in the fun. While the Wii gamers roam from gig to gig and in and out of the studio, you have the ability to play VJ by altering the color of the lights, as well as turning on and off stage effects among other things.
Top customer reviews
I beat the game on Easy in a couple of hours, but doing so on Normal and Hard is taking a bit longer because I'm a bit of a perfectionist and the controls can be a little finicky, especially when having to tilt the nunchuck just so to catch the right note. Also, the repetition can be a bit on the mundane side now and then, especially when a song is not to your tastes. But that aside, the game is realistic enough and certainly family friendly.
As for gameplay, I do miss having a bass drum pedal and find my foot going with the bass beat for the drums out of instinct (as I have played drums for the last 10 years of my life). However, the guitar strumming can be both fun and tiring, especially when really getting into a song. The harder the difficulty, the more of a challenge with the lead guitar in particular and the bass control of tilting the nunchuk is a bit annoying when you're trying to do a flourish and it reads the movement wrong. The tutorials only seem to go so far and the quickest way to learn is to just practice or jump in and play the songs.
The cut scenes are pretty short and super kid friendly, which basically describes the game, but in terms of family fun, you can't go wrong. Younger kids will still get a challenge on some of the songs on easy and older ones (including adults) will find plenty to do with the harder difficulties. And the song list is pretty fun and well rounded too spanning some classic rock entries to current pop faves. I give a four out of five because of the simplicity/repetition of the game.
However... the singing is not by the original artists and the people singing are not very good at all. "Ouch" in some cases.
You need to hold the nunchuck and the regular Wii controller, and fling your arms and hands in all sorts of confusing directions to match the beat and actions you are directed to.
Perhaps this is a game best suited for young children, but I felt incredibly silly and going by the reactions of the people in the room when I played, they thought so too.
I had the idea this was a Guitar Hero / Rock Band sort of game but it really isn't. You only have to jump around and must be pretty coordinated - you are asked to do circular motions with one hand while doing a totally different set of motions with the other hand, at pretty fast intervals or else you start to lose the crowd.
It was just okay. I am planning on giving this to my 5 year old neice, as I don't plan to play it again anytime soon.